June 30, 2006
Whitehead, Coins of the Indo-Greeks in the Panjab Museum
This catalogue used to be one of the very few standard references for its subject. Nowadays, for the historical attribution of the coins, one would look at books by Bopearachchi and Robert Senior, but PMC I, as it is known, is still an important collection of accurate descriptions and illustrations of important coins. Fortunately, and properly, Whitehead interpreted his mandate as larger than the Indo-Greek coins of Bactria and India to include also Indo-Scythic (Shaka or Saka), Indo-Parthian (including Soter Megas and Gondophares), Kushan down to Vasu Deva, and Kushano-Sasanian (Kushanshah) coins. These coins were issued in what are today Afghanistan and Pakistan from the third century BC to the fourth century AD. Anyone interested in the coinage or history of this region and era should download and use this book.
Michael L. Bates, Ph.D.
Curator Emeritus of Islamic Coins
The American Numismatic Society